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UK outlines global-focused defense strategy

Britain seeks to remain relevant in a world where it sees threats proliferating, while its finances are shrinking The United Kingdom has outlined a vision for its defense and foreign-engagement priorities in its latest Integrated Review and Defense Command Paper. The paradigm of defense reviews in the UK goes back...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue No 95

China-India Brief; Cyber Nuclear C3; Security Forces and AI Research; Annual Intelligence Report; National Security Day; Germany-Japan Security Talks I. The Big Story: China-India Brief Last week, the 11th round of Corps Commanders-level meetings yielded no results. China’s Western Theatre Command’s (WTC) spokesperson issued a statement after the meeting, “It is hoped that the...

Takshashila Discussion Document – China’s Nuclear Ambiguity and its Implications for India

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Abstract China’s evolving security dynamics with the United States have compelled it to rethink its nuclear strategy to achieve effective deterrence. It is aiming to modernise its nuclear arsenal and increase its nuclear ambiguity through conventional-nuclear entanglement. Ambiguity will increase the risks of mischaracterisation...

Russia-Japan relations and why the Kurils matter

While there are signs of pragmatism in both Moscow and Tokyo, this last barrier to concluding WW2 remains The Kuril Islands, or the Northern Territories as Japan likes to call them, are at the center of an uneasy relationship between Russia and Japan. The USSR occupied the islands between August...

How a new rail line in China will pose a security challenge to India

The Sichuan-Tibet rail link will help China mobilise the 77th Group Army and consolidate its hold on the border defence villages along the Sino-Indian border China’s 14th Five-Year Plan, approved in the recent National People’s Congress’s (NPC) annual session, outlines the Sichuan-Tibet railway line near the China-India border as a...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 92

China-India Brief: Tibet, China-India Nuclear Stability; Military Drivers of BRI; PLA Modernisation 2027; The Philippines-China Stand-off; Taiwan I. The Big Story: China-India Brief There is no information available yet on the 11th round of the Corp Commander-level meeting. After completing the disengagement process from both the north and south banks of...

An Ongoing Journal on Russia-Japan Relations #5

Zakharova and Shoigu comment on the US’s Pacific Deterrence Initiative Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Maria Zakharova have both publicly spoken about the US’s plans to deploy precision strike conventional missiles in the Pacific under the Pacific Deterrence Initiative(PDI).  Zakharova insists that the move will...

A Space Doctrine for India

Download A Space Doctrine for India as a PDF PREAMBLE 1. India aspires to shape a strategic environment conducive to economic development and the peaceful enjoyment of prosperity. To do so, it must be able to secure its territory, address threats before they reach India’s borders, become a security provider...

The PLA Insight: China-India: NPC & Tibet, Quad, Amb Vijay Gokhale’s Paper; Admiral Davidson’s Testimony; Defence Budget; Xi & the PLA; SCS: Continuity & Change

I. The Big Story: China-India The National People’s Congress (NPC) was concluded yesterday. In this section, I briefly highlight the discussion from the NPC which affects India. 1) NPC and Tibet China should accelerate plans to build a hydropower plant on a river near its disputed border with India, two senior officials said...

The PLA Insight: China-India Dispute; Testimonies: Deterring PRC Aggression towards Taiwan; PLA’s Missile Training Facilities; Near Seas Defense & Far Seas Protection

I. Big Story: China-India Border Dispute The New York Times published a story this week claiming that China was responsible for Mumbai’s October 2020 outage. The report cites a study conducted by Recorded Future, a Somerville, Mass., company that studies the use of the internet by state actors. The company claims...
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